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Maxine Turner, a senior chemical engineering student, had finished her required credits and was preparing for her May graduation, but took German as an elective, said her father, Paul Turner. The 22-year-old was shot in the German class.
"She was very excited -- she was very excited about school in general," her father told the AP. Turner, from Vienna, Virginia, was accepted by a handful of high-profile schools, including Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. But she was determined to be a Virginia Tech Hokie, her father said. "We tried to convince her to go elsewhere. When you get accepted to Johns Hopkins, it's a very prestigious school," he told the AP. "But no, she wanted to go to Virginia Tech." Turner recently helped found a chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a sorority for women in engineering. She had accepted a chemical engineering job with W.L. Gore & Associates in Elkton, Maryland. "It's a terrible loss," her father said Wednesday, weeping. "I cannot understand the legislators in this country, not putting in laws that protect people."